Days of Obligation while abroad


#1

I might wind up studying abroad in Britain, and I was wondering about Holy Days of Obligation as well as abstaining from meat. I know that the UK has a different set of Days of Obligation as the US, and that they abstain every Friday, not just during Lent. Being from the US am I not bound by these or am I bound by these temporarily by being in the UK? I don't care either way, I was just wondering for in general


#2

Here's a link to Fr. Z's blog that discusses this issue in depth:

wdtprs.com/blog/2012/05/quaeritur-ascension-thursdaysunday-obligation-when-travelling-complicated/


#3

So would that be a "Yes, I'm held to the same obligations as the Brits" on grounds of it being universal law, but with local exceptions?


#4

You interpret the law as requiring the least obligation. However, studying abroad makes you a temporary resident, not a traveler so do as the Brits do.


#5

The rule is that you are supposed to obey the rules of the place where you live. If you are not sure - ask
If you make a mistake odn't worry about it
God sees the heart
:)


#6

I live in the UK. Go on to the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales (catholic bishops-ew) to find out more. Abstaining on Fridays or not isn't a matter of mortal sin, by the way. This was clearly spelt out in the press release at the time.

I hope you get where you want - where are you applying, if that isn't too personal?


#7

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